The Office of Outreach and Innovation within the School of Education at Mississippi University for Women will be renamed the Center for Education Support (CES). The name change is reflective of the center’s dedication to supporting education-related initiatives within the state and region served by the university.

“The new Center for Education Support will play an essential role in serving the School of Education’s mission of innovation from early childhood through post-graduation, whether that be through the university’s academic programs, the university’s preschool, CEUs, other education-specific professional development or through education-specific camps and community initiatives,” said Dr. Marty Hatton, dean of the School of Education.

The Center for Education Support will serve as an essential resource for the School of Education’s commitment to improving the region and state’s network of professional teachers.

According to Hatton, the center will help the School of Education provide solutions designed for other education related initiatives within our region and statewide that might otherwise lack the resources and guidance for sustained growth and continuous improvement.

The Center for Education Support will replace the Outreach and Innovation Center as one of the three primary departments in the School of Education, which also includes the Department of Education and the Child and Parent Development Center (CPDC). The Center’s focus on education-specific professional development, camps and community initiatives will complement the school’s mission to innovate from early childhood through post-graduation.

The Center will be led by the CES director who will manage the center, including staff and functions associated with Continuing Education Units (CEUs) offered through the Professional Learning Academy (PLA). An educator professional development coordinator will develop and manage education-specific professional development and camps/programs, including Mississippi Governor’s School. A professional learning coordinator will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day technical assistance, guidance and support professional learning efforts. An administrative assistant will provide additional support to the center.

The Center for Education Support will continue under the title Outreach and Innovation with current processes, including The W’s upcoming Mississippi Governor’s School, operating as planned through the end of this fiscal year. The Center’s new title and revised processes will be implemented on July 1.

With a name that accurately reflects its purpose, the Center for Education Support will be more easily recognizable as an outlet to support programs designed for improving education within the state and region served by the university.

About The W

Located in historic Columbus, Mississippi, The W was founded in 1884 as the first state-supported college for women in the United States. Today, the university is home to 2,227 students in more than 70 majors and concentrations and has educated men for 40 years. The university is nationally recognized for low student debt, diversity and social mobility which empowers students to BE BOLD.

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